My good blogger friend Myra from Winterthorne posted over a month ago about her 10 most memorable books. This made me think about what my top 10 favorite books were. I had a very difficult time limiting my list to ten because, when I find an author I like, I usually read and love everything else they have written. So instead of listing just 10 books, I thought I would list my favorite authors. They are not necessarily literary greats, but they are great in my opinion. Here is my list favorite authors and books I’ve read. There is no particular order to my list, they are just listed as they came to mind.
1. Jane Austen
I’ve ready every book by Jane Austen, even the ones she never finished herself. I love being sent back into a time where propriety was of up most importance. Pride and Prejudice must me my ultimate favorite. I also loved the movie featuring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy! I don’t know what woman wouldn’t love that scene with him diving into the pool of water! The books that I have enjoyed by Jane Austen include; Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Lady Susan and Sanditon.
2. Joanne Harris
My first introduction with Joanne Harris was the movie Chocolat. I saw the movie before reading the book but I loved the book even more than I had the movie. I also read the two sequels to Chocolat, Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Mr. le Cure which were just as good. Other books from Joanne Harris that I highly recommend include Five Quarters of the Orange, Holy Fools, Gentlemen & Players, Blackberry Wine and Runemarks. All her books are always filled a little something magical.
3. Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery was my childhood favorite. Montgomery has many great series other than the beloved Anne series, including Emily of New Moon series, Pat of Silver Bush series, and the Chronicles of Avonlea but my absolute favorite was the lesser known The Blue Castle.
4. J.R Tolkien
No one can argue that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings series is a great one. I loved all three books, but my favorite out of the three was the Fellowship Of The Ring. I loved the battle at Helm’s Deep. I don’t often read fantasy, but this is an exception. Tolkien has done a great job at creating an imaginary world.
5. Helen Fielding
I just can’t get enough of Bridget Jones’ Diary and its sequels. When I was single, I could totally relate to the Bridget’s character. Some scenes from her the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason were laugh out loud funny. When Helen Fielding announced that she was publishing a final sequel called Mad About The Boy and it didn’t include Mark Darcy, I thought NO WAY this would be a good book, but I was wrong. I loved this one too and being a mom, I could identify yet again with this character. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Bridget Jones, but I laugh every time. Besides the three books from this series I also enjoyed Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.
6. Maeve Binchy
I discovered Maeve Binchy when I first watched a movie called Circle Of Friends featuring Chris O’Donnell and Mini Driver. I bought the book and loved it. My twin sister and I started swapping Maeve Binchy books and soon after my other sisters joined in too. I believe I have read all of her books as well. I do think that Binchy’s novels all lean towards feminism, however, she always has a great way of weaving many little stories into one great novel.
7. Stephenie Meyer
Please don’t judge! I see you shaking your head at me, but I have to include Stephenie Meyer and her vampire series. I know what you are thinking, but I read and enjoyed all three of her books. And I’m also guilty of reading them more than once. I know that the target audience is tweens and teens but I believe many adult woman have enjoyed this series as well.
8. Kathy Reichs
I’m not one for scary books, but I love Kathy Reich’s Bones series. The books are usually set between North Carolina or Montreal. I love that there is Canadian content in this book, and French Canadian content to boot. It helps me identify with the characters in this book. I love how she integrates science in her murder mysteries. She does a great job at explaining complex theories and breaking them down for the non-scientific. I always feel like I’ve learned something new from her novels. Although I find that her books follow the same recipe over and over, it works for her books because I still enjoy them every time. She has an extensive list of books and I’ve read many so I won’t bother listing them here. Oh, and by the way, the series “Bones” is very lightly based on Reichs’ books.
You can tell from my pictures that my books look dog-eared. That’s because when I love I book, I’m guilty of reading over many times. They are definitely well-loved. What are some of your favorite authors?